EU’s Juncker warns UK

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

LON­DON—Euro­pean Com­mis­sion chief Jean-Claude Juncker said Fri­day that “de­sert­ers” from the EU would have to ac­cept be­ing out­siders, in his strong­est warn­ing yet against Bri­tain vot­ing to leave the bloc next month.

“De­sert­ers won’t be wel­comed with open arms,” he told French news­pa­per Le Monde.

“The United King­dom will have to ac­cept be­ing con­sid­ered a third party, who we won’t be bend­ing over back­wards for,” he said. “That is not a threat, but our re­la­tions will no longer be as they are to­day”. Juncker’s in­ter­ven­tion comes af­ter US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama used a visit to Lon­don last month to urge Bri­tain not to leave the Euro­pean Union when it votes in a ref­er­en­dum on June 23 and af­ter warn­ings from the In­ter­na­tional Mon­e­tary Fund and the Bank of Eng­land of the eco­nomic risks of going it alone.—AFP

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